Pedestrians have a reasonable expectation of safety on the roadways. However, sometimes pedestrians are injured or otherwise harmed in crosswalks and on sidewalks and as they walk, run or play. Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer extensive physical damages which may result in medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, including emotional distress. Pedestrian accidents, unfortunately, can occur in a number of different ways.
Victims of pedestrian accidents may be involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle, truck or commercial vehicle; they may be struck by a car and thrown onto the hood of the car or run over; they may suffer broken bones and soft tissue damage, as well as other injuries; they may suffer catastrophic injuries such as paralysis, the loss of limbs or disabling injuries; they may suffer hit-and-run accidents; or they may be involved in fatal accidents as well.
In circumstances when a negligent driver has harmed a pedestrian or the pedestrian’s loved ones have suffered harm as a result of a fatal pedestrian accident, legal options may be available to help compensate victims for damages. In circumstances when the negligent driver is not able to be identified, additional options, such as through the victim’s insurance carrier, may also be available.
A pedestrian accident can be unexpected and overwhelming. Knowing how to respond to a pedestrian accident is an important first step for victims who are working through the difficult process of recovery. While specific car accident damages depend on the unique circumstances of each situation, the legal process recognizes that pedestrians can be uniquely vulnerable and can suffer significant harm at the hands of a negligent driver.